DAVOS: British PM to propose new advisory body to oversea safe and ethical deployment of AI, and urges tech firms to tackle extremism
The UK Prime Minister is to indicate that she wants the United Kingdom to lead the world in the safe and ethical deployment of artificial intelligence (AI).
Theresa May will make the comments during her speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. In the speech, she will say that she wants a new advisory body to co-ordinate AI efforts with other countries.
Earlier this month the government said it wants to become an AI leader, and also announced that it would strengthen links with France in the tech and artificial intelligence sectors.
PM May will also use her speech to business leaders in Davos on Thursday to urge shareholders to pressure social media giants such as Twitter and Facebook to do more to tackle terrorism.
“Investors can make a big difference here by ensuring trust and safety issues are being properly considered. And I urge them to do so,” the Guardian reported as her expected to say. The PM will also cite a recent case in which Facebook and Twitter shareholders called for the platforms to take tougher action.
“These companies simply cannot stand by while their platforms are used to facilitate child abuse, modern slavery or the spreading of terrorist and extremist content,” she is expected to say.
She will also target out the messaging app Telegram, which has been accused of facilitating communication by terrorists.
Besides urging tech firms and social networking companies to tackle online extremism, the PM will also highlight the area of artificial intelligence and the leading role she wants the UK to play thanks to a new UK advisory body, the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.
She will point to the UK’s startup success story, and will quote a figure that a new AI-related company has been created in the country every week for the last three years.